South Main Street in Memphis


Today On the Road with Gerald & Joan stops in our adopted hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The South Main Arts district is one of Memphis' best-kept secrets and is home to such legendary sights as the Lorraine Motel (home of the National Civil Rights Museum), The Arcade Restaurant and Ernestine and Hazel's. You'll want to try The Arcade for pancakes and Ernestine and Hazel's for the soul burger and/or late night parties. We're also fans of the new Central BBQ (try the BBQ nachos or the portabella burger), Hoot and Louise (they carry adorable vintage goodies) and the Memphis Farmers Market (which boasts the biggest selection of locally grown produce in the city). Whether you visit the area on foot (the walk from Beale is an easy one) or by trolley, you won't be sorry you made the trip. The art galleries, the crumbly old buildings and unique dining and shopping options make the district a favorite with locals and tourists alike. If you visit on the last Friday of the month, you can participate in the South Main Trolley Night (the trolley is free, the businesses stay open late and there is wine and music). While we enjoy Trolley Night, we prefer South Main on quiet weekends when we can window shop and imagine what the area was like when Elvis did his first radio show at the Hotel Chisca. So fun...

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